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English noun: conceit

1. conceit (feeling) feelings of excessive pride

Synonymsamour propre, self-love, vanity

Broader (hypernym)pride, pridefulness

2. conceit (communication) an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things

Broader (hypernym)figure, figure of speech, image, trope

3. conceit (communication) a witty or ingenious turn of phrase

SamplesHe could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit.

Broader (hypernym)turn of expression, turn of phrase

4. conceit (communication) an artistic device or effect

SamplesThe architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree.

Broader (hypernym)device

5. conceit (attribute) the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

Synonymsconceitedness, vanity

Broader (hypernym)trait

Narrower (hyponym)boastfulness, egotism, narcism, narcissism, posturing, self-importance, self-love, swelled head, vainglory

Antonymshumility, humbleness

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